The most anticipated Apple Tablet is not the only highlight of the Apple Event. Having been the first and only iPhone distributor in the United States, AT&T will lose its exclusivity of the iPhone to Verizon. Apple believes that the iPhone sales will further increase if it expands its iPhone to different carriers such as Verizon being the first.
Rumors regarding the AT&T exclusivity have been around for a while, as it is believed that the contract between Apple and AT&T will soon end in mid 2010.
HotHardware claims that according to an inside source, AT&T may be losing it’s iPhone exclusivity at Apple’s media event:
According to an inside source close to the going-ons involved in all of this, a new tablet of some sort may not be the only thing on deck for next Wednesday though. We have been led to believe by an inside source that AT&T will lose their iPhone exclusivity on the same day, though it’s not yet clear what other carrier (or carriers) will be stepping in to also carry the phone
Furthermore, AT&T has announced during CES 2010 that it would add Android and Palm WebOS to their smartphones collection, as the iPhone exclusivity may end. Nevertheless, AT&T might be happy from losing its exclusivity to the iPhone, since the iPhone has brought nothing but problems due to the high number of iPhone users.